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Bombardier workers vote in favour of reciprocity agreement with Airbus

A Bombardier C-Series aircraft is pictured, October 17, 2017.
A Bombardier CSeries aircraft is pictured during a news conference to announce a partnership between Airbus and Bombardier on the C Series aircraft programme, in Colomiers near Toulouse, France, October 17, 2017. . Regis Duvignau /Reuters

Bombardier Aerospace workers voted overwhelmingly in favour of a reciprocity agreement to govern labour relations under a future C Series partnership with Airbus.

Workers voted 92.3 per cent in favour of the letter of agreement during a special meeting on Sunday morning.

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Some 4,000 Bombardier Aerospace employees were called to the meeting Montreal, as the manufacturer and Airbus are finalizing their partnership to produce C Series aircraft.

The deal would ensure that workers who switch from one company to another will not lose their pensions and will keep most of their seniority benefits.

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It would also ensure that workers who are laid off from one company will be given priority for future jobs at both.

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Union spokesman Dave Chartrand says the letter of agreement will be included in the collective bargaining agreements of both companies, which will be renegotiated once the partnership is finalized.